Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Skeptical Ontario fails to give Harper a majority

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Stephen Harper failed to win over skeptical voters in key Ontario battlegrounds, as his party was unable to take full advantage of the Liberal Party's slide in popular support.

Despite the shortfall, the Conservatives solidified previous gains made in the vote-rich province, where they beat out their Liberal rivals for the first time since Brian Mulroney's landslide in 1984.

But it was not enough to secure Mr. Harper's majority after the Conservatives' hoped-for breakthrough in Quebec failed to materialize. The Tories needed dramatic gains — 20 seats or more — in Ontario to put them over the top.

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